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Preview: Melbourne v Fremantle

By Sarah Black | AFL Media June 18, 2019 12:49 PM

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Where and when: MCG, Saturday June 22, 1.45pm AEST

What it means for Melbourne: The Demons have shown signs of improvement in recent weeks but have struggled to put together a four-quarter performance. A win will restore confidence ahead of the second half of the season.

What it means for Fremantle: It's a Fremantle side on the rise, having now won three in a row. While not the highest-scoring team, Saturday is a chance to put a good score on the board.

The stat: Fremantle has an excellent recent record against Melbourne, winning eight of its past 10 games dating back to round 16, 2012. Three of those 10 matches have been in Darwin, with another three – all Dockers wins – at the MCG. 

The match-up: Michael Walters v Michael Hibberd

"Sonny" Walters (ranked 22 overall in the AFL Player Ratings) is in the form of his life, playing predominantly forward and coming off a six-goal haul. Hibberd's strongest games this year have come when tasked with a lockdown role, and none are currently bigger.

It’s a big week for: Jesse Hogan

Formerly Melbourne's next big hope, Hogan returned home to Perth during the off-season and will be facing his old side for the first time. After a slow start to the year, Hogan is starting to hit form, kicking five goals over the past two weeks.

Big call: Melbourne co-captain Nathan Jones has found himself all over the park this year to varying levels of success but will kick three goals this weekend. 

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Preview: Melbourne v Fremantle

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Head to Head

Disposal Leaders (Season Avg)
  • Clayton Oliver
    Clayton Oliver
    30.8
  • Melbourne
    Christian Salem
    25.0
  • Melbourne
    Angus Brayshaw
    25.0
  • Melbourne
    James Harmes
    24.7
  • Melbourne
    Nathan Jones
    20.8
Fantasy Leaders (Season Avg)
  • Max Gawn
    Max Gawn
    113.8
  • Melbourne
    Clayton Oliver
    104.4
  • Melbourne
    Christian Salem
    95.4
  • Melbourne
    James Harmes
    95.3
  • Melbourne
    Angus Brayshaw
    94.5
Scoring Leaders
  • Jayden Hunt
    Jayden Hunt
    14.10
  • Melbourne
    Christian Petracca
    11.8
  • Melbourne
    Jake Melksham
    10.5
  • Melbourne
    Jeff Garlett
    9.9
  • Melbourne
    James Harmes
    8.12

Season Averages

  • 363.4 Disposals 382.7
  • 68.3 Disposal Eff 71.3
  • 154.3 Contested Pos 154.4
  • 83.7 Marks 87.9
  • 17.8 Free Kicks 17.8
  • 40.2 Clearances 37.3
  • 57.8 Inside 50s 53.8
  • 37.2 Rebound 50s 40.3
  • 64.0 Tackles 55.7
  • 47.8 Hit-outs 32.7
  • 81.0 Interchanges 83.0

Recent Encounters

  • 13.24 (102)
    RD 16, 2018, TIO
    7.6 (48)
  • 15.14 (104)
    RD 4, 2017, MCG
    16.10 (106)
  • 12.15 (87)
    RD 16, 2016, TIO
    8.7 (55)
  • 17.6 (108)
    RD 22, 2015, DS
    8.6 (54)
Disposal Leaders (Season Avg)
  • Nat Fyfe
    Nat Fyfe
    30.1
  • Fremantle
    David Mundy
    25.8
  • Fremantle
    Ed Langdon
    25.5
  • Fremantle
    Bradley Hill
    24.3
  • Fremantle
    Griffin Logue
    24.0
Fantasy Leaders (Season Avg)
  • Nat Fyfe
    Nat Fyfe
    106.5
  • Fremantle
    Griffin Logue
    100.0
  • Fremantle
    Michael Walters
    94.3
  • Fremantle
    Ed Langdon
    92.6
  • Fremantle
    Bradley Hill
    90.2
Scoring Leaders
  • Michael Walters
    Michael Walters
    25.9
  • Fremantle
    Brandon Matera
    21.11
  • Fremantle
    Matt Taberner
    13.10
  • Fremantle
    Jesse Hogan
    13.10
  • Fremantle
    Cam McCarthy
    10.2

Team Lineups

Teams have not yet been announced for this match

Byes:

  1. Adelaide Crows,
  2. Carlton,
  3. GWS Giants,
  4. Gold Coast Suns,
  5. North Melbourne,
  6. Richmond